ALKXANDKU YON" HUMIBOLBT. 7 broUior fcarricul anumjr tho ru'ms of classical antiquity, it^ wan always tho, faithful former tcaclior and later fritmdj Kuuth, who admmistered their property with pa.to.rnal eomcioutiousiieBS, Kuuth conduced to satisfy and clevelope in his pupils the inborn lovo for universality of knowledge, but nmiouvourod always to unite it with profundity; and if (Jumpo had awakened a wish for philology ami cosmology in them, Kuixth made it available by fundamental researches and universality. Both bro- thoi*H, iu obedience to their different natures, followed different branches of their acquirements, but both were rooted in the same foundation, The elder brother made luimamty—-its intellectual world? and its especial clonitttit, langna^o-—the task of his life. The younger^ Alexander, took the outward part of nature and humanity iu all its varieties. While the elder brother educated himself for classic antiquity, art, philosophy, and language, Alexander from the same origin directed his attention to natural sciences. Both frequently mot and a&sistod each other in. the points they origi- nally had iu common* Kuuth thiiB acted upon his pupils, but this intimacy could not fail to exorcise a strong improving influence on him tho teacher. The house of the chamberlain and Major von Humboltlt united hi itself rank, bxtel- ligouco, cultivated acquamtenee, and influence. Elxmth, pofiwtjaBUig tlui ooulidouco e£ the family in the highest clogroo, win couHiderod as one of its members, was tmtruHted with comtnissions in the execution of the practical affairs of the family and its public interests., and fcttxiH gamed au experience in practical business which, at a future period, qualified him for an official ponition, as we shall eee. But a great blow afflicted the family i^ which Kunth had been tutor since J777- laa the January of 1779 tho Major died, and the boys were without a father, 'The nxatorual voice now exercised a grea/tei iafiuouco, and boBide the noble confidence which the widowed lady showed Kuuth, "by gmng- him •«& '